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  • South Asian ‘Zombie’: The futility of reviving SAARC

    Given the structural fragility of SAARC and its inability to promote South Asian regional integration, an attempt to reboot the organisation would be futile.

    May 01, 2018

    Cancellation of the SAARC Summit: Has India Succeeded in Isolating Pakistan Regionally?

    Cancellation of the SAARC Summit

    The reactions of Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan and India indicate a new regional consensus that state sponsored terrorism cannot be dealt with only at the bilateral level.

    September 29, 2016

    SAARC at 25: Time to Reflect

    Instead of taking up new areas in its summit declarations, SAARC should focus on trade, connectivity and security and the need to develop a regional identity. Only a regional identity will generate a regional approach.

    May 07, 2010

    Can SAARC hold the Regional Dream?

    SAARC has in recent years attracted wide international attention and generated much interest among countries that now hold Observer status. The 15th Summit held in Colombo on August 2 – 3, 2008 renewed its pledge to take SAARC from a declaratory to the implementation stage. Four agreements were signed at the Summit on mutual assistance to address criminal activities, trade, combating terrorism and climate change. The theme of the 41-point Colombo Declaration announced at the end of the Summit was “Partnership for Growth for Our People.”

    August 07, 2008

    Indo-Pak Relations and the SAARC Summits

    The uncertainties regarding regular SAARC meetings have clouded the prospect of regional cooperation. Though India has been accused as the main culprit, other member-countries are no less responsible for the organisation’s lack of progress.

    July 2004

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